Lions off to OFSAA after CWOSSA AA championship win
SIMCOE – The St. James Lions have qualified for the OFSAA provincial high school AA boys’ basketball championship tournament after capturing the CWOSSA AA senior boys’ basketball title Saturday night.
The Lions defeated the D4 champion Centre Dufferin Royals of Shelburne 68-49 in the CWOSSA final at Holy Trinity Catholic High School.
Matt Sanvido led the Lions with 16 points in the final while Brandon Powell had 15 for Centre Dufferin.
Both teams had won semifinal matches earlier in the day. St. James defeated the St. David Celtics of Waterloo 58-41 while Centre Dufferin edged the Galt Ghosts of Cambridge 53-50.
In the semifinal wins, Alex Garbuio had 16 points for the Lions and Powell collected 15 points for Centre Dufferin.
The Lions had opened the tournament with a 60-57 loss to Galt. Sanvido had 22 points for St. James.
The first round was the only round where losing teams were not eliminated. Any loss after the first round meant a tournament ousting for the losing team.
The Lions bounced back from that loss with a 57-46 victory over Simcoe Composite Sabres in the quarter-finals. Garbuio struck for 18 points for St. James.
Centre Dufferin clobbered Grey Highlands Lions of Flesherton 77-32 in the first round and they defeated the Paris Panthers 63-40 in the quarter-finals. Mark Taylor led the Royals in scoring in both as he netted 23 points against Grey Highlands and 15 against Paris.
The OFSAA tournament is to be held in Timmins March 4 to 6.
Teams qualified for that tournament so far are St. James, Toronto Crescent, St. Theresa of Belleville, Kingston Frontenac, St. Joseph’s of Barrie, Father Leo J. Austin of Whitby, Ottawa Ashbury, ESC Theriault of Timmins, Lo-Ellen Park of Sudbury, Thunder Bay’s St. Ignatius, Windsor Kennedy, Toronto Westview, host Timmins and Brockville Thousand Islands.
Centre Dufferin claimed the CWOSSA AA junior title with a 72-58 win over St. David of Waterloo in the final.
Tailon Crawford led the Royals with 34 points.
Centre Dufferin ousted the Lourdes Crusaders with a 69-57 win in the semifinals. Crawford had 25 points for Centre Dufferin while Tyler Blais had 27 for the Crusaders.
The Royals had won both of their matches Friday as they downed Grey Highlands 59-30 and the Pauline Johnson Thunderbirds of Brantford 64-31. Crawford had 14 points against Grey Highlands and Nathan Isaac scored 14 against Pauline Johnson.
Lourdes also had two wins Friday as the Crusaders dropped Galt 59-39 and Owen Sound’s St. Mary’s Mustangs 60-31. Blais had 30 points against Galt and 29 against St. Mary’s.
The Centennial Spartans reached the championship game where they were handed a 67-46 setback by the Eastwood Rebels of Kitchener.
Hadi El-Miari connected for 15 points for Centennial and Kai Clarke added 11.
The Spartans had slipped by the St. Benedict Saints of Cambridge 54-51 in the semifinals. Jake Warywoda collected 22 points for Centennial and Jackson Wallace had 11.
The championship-game loss to Eastwood was Centennial’s second loss to Eastwood in the tournament as they had opened with a 73-34 setback to the Rebels. Warywoda had eight points for the Spartans and Nathan Cobey contributed six.
The Spartans bounced back from that loss with a 79-15 thrashing of the Owen Sound Wolves. Jack Viveiros netted 18 points for Centennial while Mason Reid chipped in with 16.
The Sir John A Highlanders of Waterloo won the title with a 50-38 victory over the Cameron Heights Gaels of Kitchener in the final.
The D10 champion Ross Royals were edged 62-60 by eventual champion SJAM in the semifinals. Daniel Wang had 20 points for the Royals and Dominic Vanos collected 13.
Ross opened the tournament with a 61-55 win over Cameron Heights. Wang had 24 points and Vanos followed with 17.
The Royals clouted Owen Sound 61-19 in the quarter-finals. Scoring details were not reported.
Rockway Mennonite Flames of Kitchener won the CWOSSA title with a 55-50 win over Waterford Wolves in the final.
The Wellington Heights Wolverines were nipped 65-57 by Waterford in the semifinals. Eli McDougall-Cook had 26 points for the Wolverines.
Wellington Heights had scored a pair of victories Friday as the Wolverines defeated Rockway 49-40 and Georgian Bay Vikings of Meaford 58-33. McDougall-Cook had 15 points against Rockway and J. Bannin had nine against Georgian Bay.
Wellington Heights was knocked out of the tournament with a 44-21 loss to the Walkerton Riverhawks in the semifinals.
- Guelph Sports Journal